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Profile of the Day: Erich Maria Remarque

Do you remember reading All Quiet on the Western Front? On this day in 1898, German author Erich Maria Remarque was born. Remarque is best known for his many works illustrating the realities and horrors of war.

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During World War I, Remarque was conscripted into the German Army at the age of 18. He fought on the Western Front and suffered several wounds durning battle. His experiences in the trenches would heavily influence his writing in the future and inspire his most famous novel, All Quiet on the Western Front.

Remarque first published his famous World War I novel in Germany in 1929. The vivid and realistic depiction of trench warfare from the perspective of a young German soldier resonated with readers and the book became an instant success. In 1930, it was adapted into an Academy-Award winning film.

After the rise of the Nazis in Germany, Remarque’s books were banned and publicly burned. He left Germany for Switzerland and made his way to the United States, where he became a naturalized citizen. He returned to Switzerland after World War II and remained there until his death in 1970.

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